Our Team

Commercial Lines

Sales

Robert W. Brown, CIC

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President 005 Work Phone: 941-552-4114 Work Fax: 941-552-4115
Biography

Rob is a third generation insurance agent who has been active in the insurance industry for over two decades and a partner at Atlas since 1988. He holds licenses in Property / Casualty and in Life and Health and recently celebrated his 27th anniversary of achieving his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. Rob’s specialty is helping business leaders and individuals protect what matters most to them. He guides clients to achieve greater returns through education, safety, and other customized risk-reducing strategies. Rob is a Sarasota native and graduate of the University of Florida. He has served on a number of not for profit organization boards and is an active member in the community.  Rob is an avid outdoorsman and he and his family reside in Sarasota.

Darren Howard, CPCU

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Vice President 010 Work Phone: 941-552-4116 Work Fax: 941-552-4117
Biography

Darren Howard has been active in the insurance industry for the past 30 years and a partner at Atlas Insurance since 1994. He is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Risk Management and Insurance and has his Certified Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. Darren is a past president of the Sarasota Association of Independent Insurance Agents (SAIIA) and remains active in the community as a business partner with both Cardinal Mooney and Sarasota Middle School.

Tommy W. Kochis, CIC,CRM

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Vice President 015 Work Phone: 941-552-4112 Work Fax: 941-552-4113
Biography

As an agency partner and vice president of sales for Atlas Insurance since 2005, Tommy plays a vital role in the success of the agency by managing the sales initiatives and new business opportunities. A resident of Sarasota for over 40 years, Tommy joined Atlas Insurance in 1996 after graduating from Florida State University. He has gone on to earn the distinguished Certified Risk Manager and Certified Insurance Counselor designations from the National Alliance for Insurance Education. Tommy provides risk management services to many different industries with a particular focus on community associations, construction, and complex property risks. He thrives to keep with the Atlas mission of “Serving the community” by actively participating in the Community Associations Institute (CAI), Building Manager International (BMI), Manager of the Gulf Coast and various other non-profit organizations. Tommy is a past board member of the Sarasota Association of Independent Insurance Agents and the Evelyn Sadler Jones branch of the Sarasota YMCA. Tommy resides in Sarasota with his wife Nikki and three children.

David W. McMahon, MBA, AAI

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Commercial Producer 020 Work Phone: 941-552-5042 Work Fax: 941-552-5043
Biography

David W. McMahon joined Atlas Insurance as a commercial lines executive in 2003. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1988 and his Masters of Business (MBA) in 1995. David is an Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI), having obtained that designation in January 2012. He is an active member of The West Florida Chapter of Community Association Institute (CAI), Building Manager International (BMI) and Manager of the Gulf Coast Inc (MOGCI), among others. David was instrumental in establishing Atlas’ collegiate internship program and continues to be involved in mentoring young industry professionals.  Outside of the office, David and his wife, Kimberly, are actively involved in the community as business partners to local schools, coaching and mentoring young adults while raising their four children.

Jared Hawkins

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Commercial Producer 025 Work Phone: 941-552-5425 Work Fax: 941-552-4083
Biography

Jared Hawkins joined Atlas insurance in 2011 after six years in the commercial banking industry. Jared is a “Double-Gator”, having earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance in 2004 and his Masters in Business Administration in 2010 from the University of Florida.  As such, he brings an extensive knowledge of underwriting and a deep understanding of financial statements to his clients, an ideal combination for the contractor who does bonded work, or the business owner that needs an insurance specialist who truly understands the demands of the modern business world. In his free time, Jared enjoys fishing, hunting, boating, diving or anything in the outdoors and is a long-time volunteer with Mote Marine. He also sits on the board of directors for the Sarasota Sportsmen’s Association and is active in his church.

Michael Howard, CIC, CRM, CWCA

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026 Work Phone: 941-487-6214 Work Fax: 941-487-6215
Biography

Michael Howard joined Atlas in 2015 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Risk Management/ Insurance and  Economics from Florida State University. He obtained the designations of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM) in 2015 upon graduation and holds licenses in Property/Casualty and Life and Health Insurance. He recently obtained Certified Workers Compensation Advisor (CWCA) designation to help advise his clients on the technical aspects of Workers Compensation Insurance.

Michael is a member of the Sarasota Manatee HR Association, Florida Assisted Living Association (FALA), Sarasota County Aging Network and is involved in Sarasota’s Miracle League, Community Haven, and Upside Down Foundation. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Annie, and friends and family.

Mark Sobolewski

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Biography

Mark Sobolewski joined Atlas in 2018 after graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management.  Prior to finishing his undergraduate studies at UF, he played baseball collegiately at the University of Miami and then professionally in the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins organizations.

Mark grew up in Sarasota where he met his wife, Danielle, who is a kindergarten teacher at Southside Elementary School.  Mark has enjoyed mentoring young athletes as an assistant coach for the Sarasota High varsity baseball team since 2016.

 

Service

Michelle Barrow, ARM, AAI

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Personal and Commercial Lines Manager Work Phone: 941-552-4130 Work Fax: 941-552-4129
Biography

Michelle Barrow is a Commercial Lines Manager who joined the Atlas team in  early 2016.  For over 30 years, Michelle has been active in the insurance industry in Florida and has extensive experience in all aspects of Agency Management and Client Service.  She obtained her  Accredited Advisor In Insurance (AAI) in February 1994 and her Associate in Risk Management (ARM) in June of 1999.

Her vast experience and knowledge has proven to be a great asset with the ability to handle all types of commercial accounts. Michelle and her husband have 3 daughters and 2 grandsons. They enjoy the outdoors, boating and attending sporting events.

Amanda Jones, AIC, CISR, CLCS

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Assistant Manager Commercial Lines Condo Team 010 Work Phone: 941-552-4110 Work Fax: 941-552-4085
Biography

Amanda has been with Atlas since 2014, and leads Atlas’ specialized Community Association team. She prides herself on understanding and providing solutions for the various insurance issues faced by Condominium and Homeowners Associations. She currently holds the Associate in Claims (AIC), Commercial Insurance Service Representative(CISR), and Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS) designations. She is currently working toward completing her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.

Annie Thompson

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Project Manager 015 Work Phone: 941-552-4104 Work Fax: 941-552-4105
Biography

Annie has been with Atlas since 2012, and manages special projects and marketing events for the Commercial Sales Team.  She  prides herself on understanding and providing solutions to  our clients through our Value Added Services program.  Annie is also proud to be the Program Coordinator for the Atlas Collegiate Internship Program.  She currently holds a 4-40 Customer Representative License.   Born and  raised in Alaska, Annie enjoys spending as much time as she can in the outdoors with her family and friends.

Cynthia Fitzgibbons, CIC, CRM

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Marketing Manager 030 Work Phone: 941-552-5040 Work Fax: 941-552-5041
Biography

Cindy joined Atlas in 2003 and serves as the Commercial Lines Marketing Director.  She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.

Cindy began her insurance career in 1995 in Hartford, CT, and has worked in many areas of insurance.  She moved to Florida in 2001 and decided the independent agency system was where she truly belonged.  Cindy is dedicated to building competitive insurance programs for our clients and keeping our team updated about changes in the industry.  Cindy heads up Atlas’s annual SmartStart4Kids school supply drive and is also an avid supporter of the Southeastern Guide Dogs organization.

Outside of work, Cindy likes to stay active and participates in local running groups and races. For relaxation, she enjoys traveling with her husband, particularly when it involves sailing or being on the water.

Carol McManus, CPIA, CISR, CRIS, CLP, CIIP, DAE

031 Work Phone: 941-552-4136 Work Fax: 941-552-4137

Dawn Genther

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Commercial Lines Jr. Account Manager 035 Work Phone: 941-552-4096 Work Fax: 941-552-4091
Biography

Dawn is a Commercial Lines Jr. Account Manager who has been part of the Atlas team since 2013.  She brings over 20 years of industry experience with her.   Dawn relocated from Pennsylvania 14 years ago to escape the cold weather.  In her free time she enjoys crafting, going to her daughter’s gymnastic competitions and spending time with her family.  Dawn and her husband have been married for over 20 years and have 2 beautiful girls!

Jennifer Acevedo

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Receptionist 036 Work Phone: 941-366-8424

Jessica Wagner, CISR, ANFI

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Commercial Lines Jr. Account Manager 041 Work Phone: 941-487-6209 Work Fax: 941-487-6218
Biography

Jessica is a Commercial Lines Jr. Account Manager who has been part of the Atlas team since 2015. She is part of our Community Association Division. Jessica currently holds the Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) and Associate in National Flood (ANFI) designations. She continues to obtain experience and education which broadens her knowledge within the agency and the insurance industry.

Laura Dansky, CISR

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Commercial Lines Account Manager 045 Work Phone: 941-552-4108 Work Fax: 941-552-4109
Biography

Laura joined Atlas in 2007 as a Commercial Lines Account Manager and brings over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. She achieved her CISR designation in 2017 continues to obtain experience and education in all aspects of commercial insurance. Laura is a champion for Josh Provides, a non-profit support group assisting families that are affected by epilepsy. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her family.

Lisa Speights, CIC, CRM

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Commercial Lines Account Manager 055 Work Fax: 941-552-5044 Work Fax: 941-552-5045
Biography

Lisa Speights joined Atlas in 2003 as a Commercial Account Manager. She has been active in the industry for over 28 years and received her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)designation in 1994. Lisa is part of our Community Association Division helping Condo and Unit Owners. Away from work Lisa enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her husband.

Pam Shepard, CISR, CSRM

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Commercial Lines Account Executive 065 Work Phone: 941-552-4106 Work Fax: 941-552-4107
Biography

Pam Shepard is a Commercial Account Executive who has been part of the Atlas team since 2012. She has her CISR (Customer Service Insurance Representative) and CSRM (Certified  Member of the School of  Risk Managers) designations and is currently working toward her CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation.  For over 30 years, Pam has been active in the insurance industry, working in New England and Florida and has extensive experience with specialty account programs such as Contractors, Bonding, Healthcare and Hospitality.  She enjoys biking and exploring the Western Florida coast.

Shelia Barringer

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074 Work Phone: 941-487-3004
Biography

Shelia Barringer joined Atlas in May of 2017 as a Commercial Lines/Personal Lines Support Specialist and obtained her 440 Commercial Representative License.  Her main focus is supporting our Commercial Lines Small Business Team.  Shelia and husband Dan relocated from Indiana in 2016, where she spent 9 in estimating. Outside of work, Shelia enjoys the outdoors, motorcycles and visits from family.

Sheri Deer, CISR

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Commercial Lines Account Manager 075 Work Phone: 941-552-4138 Work Fax: 941-552-4139
Biography

Sheri is a Commercial Account Manager who has been part of the Atlas team since 2003. She has been in the insurance industry for almost two decades and obtained her Certified Insurance Representative (CISR) designation in 2014. In her free time Sheri enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, and volunteering with multiple community charities.

Stacy Baier, CISR

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Commercial Lines Account Manager 080 Work Phone: 941-552-4126 Work Fax: 941-552-4127
Biography

Stacy has been a part of the Atlas Team for over 15 years. She spent the first 11 years with Atlas working as a Customer Service Representative in the Personal Lines Department.  Stacy is currently working in the Commercial Lines Department as an Account Manager in the Construction Team. She continues to obtain experience and education in all aspects of the insurance industry for our clients who are always her first priority.

 Stacy has been happily married for 26 years to her husband Rick and they have a beautiful daughter who will be going to college next year.   She also has a dog named Snoopy that was adopted from the Humane Society of Manatee 9 years ago.  In her spare time, Stacy enjoys the water and is looking forward to being a “retired” dance mom.

Suzanne Trebing

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Commercial Lines Account Manager 081 Work Phone: 941-487-6204 Work Fax: 941-487-6205
Biography

Suzanne Trebing is a Commercial Junior Account Manager who has recently joined the Atlas team.  Suzanne graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Risk Management with a concentration in Property/Casualty.  She is the recipient of the President’s Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Scholarship and has completed four exams toward her CPCU designation. Suzanne completed Atlas’ Collegiate Internship program during the summer of 2015, which broadened her knowledge and experience within the agency and the insurance industry. She is a Sarasota native and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Toni Barion, CISR

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Commercial Lines Account Executive 90 Work Phone: 941-487-3006 Work Fax: 941-487-3007
Biography

Toni Barion is the Commercial Lines Small Business Team Lead who joined the Atlas team in 2016.  Originally from New York, she has been in the insurance industry for 12 years and has her 220 license in Property / Casualty   Toni obtained her Certified Insurance Representative (CISR) designation in 2016.  She is currently working toward her CRM (Certified Risk Manager) designation.  In her free time, Toni enjoys spending time with her husband John they enjoy the outdoors, boating, traveling and spending time with their dogs.

 

Personal Lines

Sales

Christina Fredericks

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Private Client Executive 005 Work Phone: 941-487-3014 Work Fax: 941-552-4131
Biography

Christina “CC” Fredericks joined Atlas Insurance in 2005. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida earning a Bachelor of Science degree and currently holds a 220 General Lines Agent License. She started off her career with Atlas as a filing clerk, then receptionist, then Customer Service Rep, then account manager, dabbled in sales and sales support and most recently been promoted as Personal Lines Dept. Manager.
Christina is involved in various community philanthropic campaigns such as Suncoast Community Blood Bank drives, Junior League of Sarasota, Sarasota Young Professionals, and Young Agents Council. She was named one of Sarasota’s Five Star Insurance Professional by Sarasota Magazine for 5 years running. Christina and her husband David of 8 years welcomed twins, boy and girl, into their lives in July 2013. The two have brought such joy and love to their lives. In her spare time (the little there is) Christina loves the beautiful coastal waters, boating, paddle boarding and making memories with her family.

 

Service

Amanda Smith

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Receptionist / Operator Work Phone: 941-366-8424
Biography

Amanda “Amie” Smith joined Atlas Insurance in November of 2017 as a receptionist and was quickly promoted to our Condominium Association Department as a support specialist.  She enjoys living in Florida, and all that the Sunshine State has to offer.  When not working at Atlas she spends her time with John riding the motorcycle, and with their 3-year-old Boxer, Che Bella. 

Melissa Lima

Work Phone: 941-487-6219 Work Fax: 941-552-4125
Biography

Melissa Lima is a Personal Account Manager who joined the Atlas team in 2018. Melissa has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, becoming an Insurance Agent back in 1997. She prides herself in helping her clients get the best service and experience and help them make the best decisions for their situation. Melissa loves cruising and spending time with her family.

Annemarie Pelliccia

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Private Client Marketing 010 Work Phone: 941-552-4132 Work Fax: 941-552-4133
Biography

Annemarie Pelliccia is a Personal Lines Marketing Manager and has been with Atlas Insurance since 1998. She has over 20 years’ experience in the property casualty market and has obtained her Associate in Insurance Account Management (AIAM) Designation. She has been the recipient of Sarasota Magazine’s FIVE STAR: “Best in Client Satisfaction ” Award 6 years in a row. Annemarie is a dog, wildlife and nature enthusiast and enjoys hiking, traveling and cooking.

Beth Manley, AIAM

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Account Manager 015 Work Phone: 941-552-4102 Work Fax: 941-552-4103
Biography

Beth joined Atlas in 2014 as a Personal Lines Account Manager. She brings to our agency over a decade of insurance experience from the East Coast of Florida. Beth earned her Association in Insurance Account Management designation (AIAM) in 2010. Beth is an active member of Junior League of Sarasota. In her spare time she enjoys running and spending time with her family.

Gail Bohannon

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Junior Account Manager 025 Work Phone: 941-552-5420 Work Fax: 941-552-5421
Biography

Gail joined the Atlas Team in 2009 and is currently a Personal Lines Account Representative. She started as our operator and quickly transitioned into our Personal Lines Division. Gail enjoys assisting our clients with policy changes. She spends her spare time biking the beautiful trails throughout Sarasota County, attending Zumba classes and gardening.

Terri Thompson

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Account Manager 035 Work Phone: 941-487-6212 Work Fax: 941-487-6213
Biography

Terri Thompson is a Personal Lines Account Manager who joined the Atlas team in 2015.  Terri has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, including positions as underwriter for a commercial automobile carrier and a personal lines account manager in South Carolina and Florida. She prides herself on helping her clients understand their insurance policies and assisting them in making practical decisions.  Terri enjoys traveling with her husband, visiting our beautiful local beaches, and spending time with her cats and dogs.

 

Claims

Jennifer Weigand

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Claims Advocate Work Phone: 941-487-3008 Work Fax: 941-552-4095
Biography

Jennifer Weigand is a Claims Advocate who joined Atlas in early 2016.  Originally from a suburb of Buffalo NY, she left the weather behind becoming a property casualty field adjuster in the Sarasota area over 30 years ago. She values the relationship between the agency and the client, assisting the client when there is an occurrence that requires a claim be reviewed and submitted to the carrier. Jennifer and her husband enjoy the Florida weather, sports, music, travel, and spending time with their family. They are the proud parents of two University of Florida graduates. Go Gators! Go Gators!

 

Administrative

Pamela Moulton

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Director of Operations 005 Work Phone: 941-552-4134 Work Fax: 941-552-4087
Biography

As the Director of Operations for Atlas Insurance, Pamela Moulton oversees all aspects of Accounting & Finance, Human Resources, IT, Facilities and Project Management. She joined Atlas in 2018 with over 20 years of experience in Accounting and Finance in companies of various sizes and across multiple industries. Pamela earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida and a MBA from Webster University. Pamela has traveled to many corners of the globe and is always looking forward to her next travel adventure. When not having her passport stamped she can be found enjoying one of our amazing Sarasota beaches or bicycling around town.

Derek Draper

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IT Systems Administrator 006 Work Phone: 941-487-6216 Work Fax: 941-487-6217
Biography

Derek Draper is a Software and Desktop Support Specialist who joined the Atlas team in 2015. Derek earned his Bachelor of Science IT degree in 2005 and has extensive IT experience and training. Derek enjoys spending time with his wife and their 2 very active daughters. Derek also enjoys sports and plays softball.

Jannett Herrera

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Bookkeeper 035 Work Phone: 941-487-6210 Work Fax: 941-487-6211
Biography

Jannett joined Atlas in 2016 as the bookkeeper assistant.  She is originally from the Republic of Panama and  is bilingual. Jannett enjoys spending time with her son, family, friends and going to the gym. Jannett really enjoy working for Atlas and being part of their team.

 

Jo-Ann Pryor

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Human Resources Assistant 040 Work Phone: 941-552-4080 Work Fax: 941-552-4081
Biography

Jo-Ann Pryor joined Atlas in April 2018 as Human Resources Assistant.  Originally from Chicago, Jo-Ann spent many years in the San Francisco area where she worked in the Human Resources department for a large insurance brokerage. Following that role, she owned a recruiting and temp agency specializing in the insurance industry. After relocating to Sarasota, she spent eight years as the HR Assistant at Senior Friendship Centers.

Misty Mathews

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Accounting Assistant 045 Work Phone: 941-552-4120 Work Fax: 941-552-4121
Biography

Misty Mathews is an Accounting Assistant who joined the Atlas team in May 2018. She has over 25 years of accounting experience.  Originally born in Galveston Texas, she recently moved to Sarasota from Durango, Colorado and is very happy to be living on the Gulf Coast again.  Misty enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children.